In our profiles on the winners of the Universal Design Awards 2019, we focus on Prashant Gade, a young innovator, who has developed a low cost prosthetic arm that is changing the lives of upper limb amputees.
DIY innovators, and consumer products, have had to fill gaps in policy.
Design Reality has worked with Paralympian Mark Williams on a range of plastic leg covers for those who have prosthetic limbs that aim to be both “durable” and “attractive”.
Researchers have developed a new prosthetic leg that will allow amputees to swim without having to worry about switching to a waterproof prosthetic leg as they get in and out of a swimming pool. No other known prosthetic leg can seamlessly go from walking to swimming.
In order to restore a sense of normalcy to amputees, scientists at John Hopkins University are working on an electronic skin that allows the wearer to feel touch as well as pain.
This robotics company created the world’s first medically certifiable & customizable 3D printed arm.
Universal Design (UD) is an approach to design that increases the potential for developing a better quality of life for a wide range of individuals. It is a design process that enables and empowers a diverse population by improving human performance, health and wellness, and social participation (Steinfeld and Maisel, 2012). It creates products, systems, and environments to be as usable as possible by as many people as possible regardless of age, ability or situation.